Ironside: Season 1, Episode 11

The Man Who Believed (23 Nov. 1967)

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When a rising folk-singer's body is found in the water under the Golden Gate Bridge, suicide is suspected, but Ironside has reasons to suspect something else.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Stockwell ...
Paul Bridger
Samantha Dain
Bonnie Lloyd
Don Galloway ...
Barbara Anderson ...
Don Mitchell ...
Harry Brancusi
Ray Harrison
Gene Lyons ...
Dan Peabody (as Cliff Potter)
Arthur Adams ...
Dr. Gwynne
John Brenner
Bill Welsh ...
Alex Gerry ...
Dr. Maurice Zelman


When a rising folk-singer's body is found in the water under the Golden Gate Bridge, suicide is suspected, but Ironside has reasons to suspect something else.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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23 November 1967 (USA)  »

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Although Marcia Strassman is credited, only her voice and an image of her on a cardboard cutout appear in the episode. See more »


When Mark and Ironside are at the nightclub, Mark is shown lighting his cigarette twice. See more »

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Marcia Strassman's character is identified is as "Samantha Dian" in the credits. All other mentions call the character "Samantha Dain." See more »

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Laura Redux
17 June 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although the death of young singer Marcia Strassman has been ruled a suicide one man is not happy with the verdict. Strassman who was a former heroin addict wrote Chief Ironside a fan letter saying that he could beat paralysis just as she beat addiction. No woman who wanted so much to live could possibly have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, she had to be given a push.

This episode bears more than a passing resemblance to the classic Otto Preminger film Laura as Raymond Burr has a Dana Andrews like fascination with the dead young singer. While he makes believers of his staff, Burr takes us through a glimpse of the people in Strassman's immediate world. One of them is most definitely a killer.

Though the resemblance to Laura is plain the story is definitely one of the best Ironside episodes I've seen.

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